TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Batik Air cabin crew consisting of 18 people involved in the evacuation of Indonesians from Wuhan Province in China were awarded the Adikarya Dirgantara Adhirajasa on Monday.
The award was handed by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi at the ministry’s headquarters this afternoon.
“As the Minister of Transportation, I here award the people and institution for their hard work in conducting the humanitarian mission,” said Minister Budi Karya in the award ceremony.
The state-minister believes the cabin crew is worthy of the award as they dared to take a calculated risk flying to the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) to bring back home over 200 fellow Indonesians. He also believes the act of bravery will be an example for other crew members in future instances.
As Batik’s parent company, Lion Air Group was also awarded the Adikarya Dirgantara Adhirajasa as it is the only air carrier with direct flights to Wuhan and is equipped with wide-body jet planes enabling the evacuation of 245 Indonesians in one trip on February 2.
Lion Air Group boss, Rusdi Kirana, said the award came as a surprise for the company; “Because what we did was an act to defend the country. Even though we come from the private sector, we were compelled to participate in the [coronavirus evacuation],” said Rusdi in the award ceremony.
The Adikarya Dirgantara Adhirajasa was also awarded to seven others; the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Ministry of Health, Indonesian Air Force, the local administrations of Batam, Natuna, and the Batam Airport Authority.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA